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Alex Cowan
  • Faculty & Batten Fellow at UVA
  • Founder & CEO, Leonid Systems

Alex Cowan works on faculty at UVA Darden, where his entire focus is on digital innovation. Before entering this field, Mr Cowan was an entrepreneur and started his career by establishing and selling two companies. He also advises different corporations and does investments in digital ventures. To your knowledge, Mr Cowan’s venture design framework is being used widely by different practitioners and instructors. With the help of his framework, practitioners and instructors create new products in agile.

Mr. Cowan earned his degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University in year 1996-1999.

He has 9 Certifications and Licenses including the following;

  • Agile Team Management
  • CITI Module for Behavior Research.
  • CCNA
  • Sun Certified Solaris Systems Administrator

Areas of Expertise:

  • Product Management
  • Strategy
  • SaaS
  • CRM
  • Professional Services
  • Cloud Computing
  • Software Design
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Analytics

and many more.

Alex Cowan Online Courses:

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Agile Meets Design Thinking

        • University of Virginia via Coursera
        • 138,631+ already enrolled!
        • ★★★★★ (3,043 Ratings)
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The “Agile Meets Design Thinking” course has been designed to help you understand how to evaluate and explain the relevance of concepts and practices from agile methodologies.

  • The best thing about this course is its focus on explaining how to create a strong shared perspective and drive value through design methods including personas and problem scenarios.
  • This course is suitable for those who wish to understand how to facilitate narrative collaboration with user stories and prototypes.

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Coding for Designers, Managers, & Entrepreneurs II

        • University of Virginia via Coursera
        • 2,414+ already enrolled!
        • 13 hours of effort required!
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This engaging class is going to teach you to take application designs and then translate them into digital prototyping using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The aim here is to help you understand how to debug JavaScript analytically with Chrome debugger.

  • The reason of our choosing this class is its focus on explaining how to create interactive user interfaces (UI’s) through JavaScript and build creative confidence and competence among learners.
  • This class is for those who wish to understand what digital literacy in the eyes of interdisciplinary collaborators is.

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Managing an Agile Team

        • University of Virginia via Coursera
        • 51,298+ already enrolled!
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This “Managing Agile team” course will teach you how to select and test agile practices and then improve your team’s practice of agile.

  • The best thing about this course is its focus on explaining how to create an agile team charter that can align your team’s focus with the company strategy.
  • The course is entirely for those who wish to understand how to manage and support an agile team.

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Continuous Delivery & DevOps

        • University of Virginia via Coursera
        • 65,646+ already enrolled!
        • ★★★★★ (1,423 Ratings)
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In this course, you will get a chance to understand how to diagnose a team’s delivery pipeline and then bring forward prioritized recommendations and improve them accordingly.

  • The reason why we chose this course is its focus on explaining the skill sets and roles which are involved in DevOps. You will be taught how these roles contribute towards a continuous delivery capability.
  • The course is suitable for all those who wish to understand how to review and then deliver automation tests across the development stack.

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Digital Product Management: Modern Fundamentals

        • University of Virginia via Coursera
        • 141,635+ already enrolled!
        • ★★★★★ (4,131 Ratings)
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This “Digital Product Management” course is going to help you learn how to create actionable focus for managing your product successfully. You will be taught in detail as to how you can focus on your work using modern product management methods.

  • The best thing about this course is its focus on explaining how to manage new products and then explore new product ideas as well.
  • This course is suitable for all those who wish to understand how they can manage and amplify existing products.